One thing I truly love about Minnesota is the way winter is approached with gusto and enthusiasm. Surprisingly January and February can be the busiest time of year, socially speaking. I guess we just know how to embrace the inevitable. Of course this year, so far, has been a bit of an exception, but it hasn't stopped any of us from enjoying the Ice Shanties on Medicine Lake. Have you ever been? If not, read more here. I highly recommend checking it out; just remember to leave your self consciousness on the shore for it can only really be enjoyed inhibition free. During my visit I joined a silent flash mob, hugged a giant monster hand, spun inside a giant egg, dressed up in a fur overcoat, tried to break into the dance shanty, enjoyed the finer points of cogs and wheels, pretended to speak with a french accent-poorly, hung out in a hammock, made an Aaron Rodgers button, and shamelessly played on an ice formation that really wasn't a part of the project at all, but almost equally as entertaining.